Kasey Dunn is leaving his post as Oklahoma State Cowboys associate head coach and wide receivers coach to be the new offensive coordinator at UNLV Rebels, according to multiple reports out of Las Vegas and Stillwater.
Dunn will be joining former OSU running backs coach Marcus Arroyo’s staff in Las Vegas. Arroyo accepted the job Dec. 11 after three seasons at Oregon, where he was the offensive coordinator as well as the quarterbacks and tight ends coach. The Rebels haven’t made a bowl game since 2014.
Dunn, however, will remain on OSU’s staff for the team’s upcoming Texas Bowl against Texas A&M on Dec. 27 in Houston, according to Jeremy Kolok of The O’Colly.
Dunn, who was OSU’s longest-tenured assistant since 2011, has developed two Biletnikoff Award winners in Justin Blackmon (2011) and James Washington (2017). Tylan Wallace came close to being the third in 2018 when he was a finalist and was on track to challenge for the award again before he tore his ACL early this season.
After passing on elevating Dunn to offensive coordinator and hiring Sean Gleeson of Princeton, OSU gave Dunn the title of associate head coach and a $140,000 pay raise to make his annual salary $550,000 in August.
“I needed to take care of Dunn so that everybody would quit trying to hire him,” OSU head coach Mike Gundy told the Tulsa World. “I have to do what’s reasonable and to pay (assistants) what’s fair, but also not blow it out of the water. If you don’t stay in the market, you’re going to be playing musical chairs with coaches.”
Gundy will now need to promote within to fill the wide receivers coach position or hire from the outside.
Dunn is reportedly staying through the Bowl game and will leave for Las Vegas after the Dec.27 game against Texas A&M.
OSU football coaching staff:
Head coach: Mike Gundy
Offensive coordinator/quarterbacks: Sean Gleeson
Running backs: John Wozniak
Wide receivers: Vacant
Tight ends/cowboy backs: Jason McEndoo
Offensive line: Charlie Dickey
Defensive coordinator/linebackers: Jim Knowles
Defensive line: Joe Bob Clements, Greg Richmond
Cornerbacks: Tim Duffie
Safeties: Dan Hammerschmidt
Defense analyst: Bill Clay, Gary Gibbs, Bradley Thomas, Chris Thurmond
Special teams analyst: M.K. Taylor